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Deadwood: The Complete Series (2008)

Ian McShane , Timothy Olyphant  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (531 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant
  • Format: Box set, Widescreen, Subtitled, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 19
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 2006 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (531 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FA1OTU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,267 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Deadwood: The Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 36 episodes on 19 discs
  • The Meaning of Endings: David Milch on the conclusion of Deadwood
  • The Real Deadwood: Out of the Ashes: historical featurette
  • Q&A with cast and creative team (courtesy of The Paley Center for Media)
  • Deadwood 360 tour
  • Al Swearengen audition reel (as performed by Titus Welliver)

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Deadwood represents one of those periodic, wholesale reinventions of the Western that is as different from, say, Lonesome Dove as that miniseries is from Howard Hawks's Rio Bravo or the latter is from Anthony Mann's The Naked Spur. In many ways, HBO's Deadwood embraces the Western's unambiguous morality during the cinema's silent era through the 1930s while also blazing trails through a post-NYPD Blue, post-The West Wing television age exalting dense and customized dialogue. On top of that, Deadwood has managed an original look and texture for a familiar genre: gritty, chaotic, and surging with both dark and hopeful energy. Yet the show's creator, erstwhile NYPD Blue head writer David Milch, never ridicules or condescends to his more grasping, futile characters or overstates the virtues of his heroic ones.

Set in an ungoverned stretch of South Dakota soon after the 1876 Custer massacre, Deadwood concerns a lawless, evolving town attracting fortune-seekers, drifters, tyrants, and burned-out adventurers searching for a card game and a place to die. Others, particularly women trapped in prostitution, sundry do-gooders, and hangers-on have nowhere else to go. Into this pool of aspiration and nightmare arrive former Montana lawman Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) and his friend Sol Starr (John Hawkes), determined to open a lucrative hardware business. Over time, their paths cross with a weary but still formidable Wild Bill Hickok (Keith Carradine) and his doting companion, the coarse angel Calamity Jane (Robin Weigert); an aristocratic, drug-addicted widow (Molly Parker) trying to salvage a gold mining claim; and a despondent hooker (Paula Malcomson) who cares, briefly, for an orphaned girl. Casting a giant shadow over all is a blood-soaked king, Gem Saloon owner Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), possibly the best, most complex, and mesmerizing villain seen on TV in years. Each of these characters, and many others, will forge alliances and feuds, cope with disasters (such as smallpox), and move--almost invisibly but inexorably--toward some semblance of order and common cause. Making it all worthwhile is Milch's masterful dialogue--often profane, sometimes courtly and civilized, never perfunctory--and the brilliant acting of the aforementioned performers plus others. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

The Black Hills of South Dakota. Witness the birth of an American frontier town - and the ruthless power struggle between its just and unjust pioneers. In an age of plunder and greed, the richest gold strike in American history draws a mob of restless misfits to an outlaw settlement where everything - and everyone - has a price. The settlers, ranging from an ex-lawman to a scheming saloon owner to the legendary Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, share a constant restlessness of spirit, and survive by any means necessary. Welcome to Deadwood...a hell of a place to make your fortune.

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429 of 451 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The pinnacle of modern storytelling. December 10, 2008
Format:DVD
Of all the TV series I have watched beginning to end, Deadwood is the one I keep coming back to. Even though I've seen every episode countless times, I still pick up something new with each viewing. It still makes me laugh. It still makes me think. It still gives me chills, and it still makes me cry. It is a brilliant man, executive producer and head writer David Milch, at the peak of his powers as a storyteller. Watching Deadwood is like reading a 1200 page novel from 150 years ago. Broad themes in a small setting, complex and conflicted characters, and detailed scenery make for a completely immersive experience.

The plot of the series revolves around where order and community come from. Deadwood was settled outside of U.S. territory in the 1870's after a gold rush, thus leaving it in complete anarchy. Each of the three seasons is well-structured in terms of conflict. The first season deals with how the inhabitants of the town arrange themselves in this lawless town. The second season has the varying factions band together to thwart an invasive government. The third season pits the town against the hyper-capitalism of mining magnate George Hearst. Within that structure is several smaller stories that both manage to stand alone and meld with the larger themes.

The real strength of Deadwood is the characters. Milch has created perfectly fleshed-out portrayals of historical figures and some made-up ones, too. Saloon owner Al Swearengen is a ruthless operator who cannot help but long for an easier, more peaceful way. Seth Bullock demands justice from those around him, but constantly surrenders to his temper and his libido. Calamity Jane is a many layered character, tough and kind, offensive and caring, vulnerable and impenetrable all at the same time.
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306 of 331 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Those Left Hanging... April 3, 2009
By mdn61
Format:DVD
...and bummed by the loose ends, don't worry. It all turns out well. As a lifelong South Dakotan and a history major I can tell you it all ends well. Yes, George Hearst did fix the election and steal the office of Sheriff away from Seth Bullock. Bullock had been a U.S. congressman from Montana before coming to Deadwood, though, and had friends in Washington. When they found out that Hearst had fixed the sheriff's race, they appointed Seth Bullock U.S. Marshall for the Dakota Territory. That gave him authority over all law enforcement in the area, canceling out Hearst's move. Bullock would meet a young Teddy Roosevelt in the Dakotas and they became lifelong friends. Bullock even led the inaugural parade when Roosevelt became President of the United States.
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What's up with the packaging? January 2, 2012
Format:DVD
Deadwood is an excellent series. I'm not even going to debate the quality of the show. If you haven't seen it you're missing out.

There is something I would like to address though, the packaging of this box. It looks nice and it's quite small for 19 discs sure, but this comes at a cost. My mother is a huge fan of the show, so we bought her this very set for Christmas (via a local competitor). We are fanatically careful with DVD and bluray discs around my house, If they get scratched I get angry, and I'm not the only one. We've taken the 1st disc out of the case roughly twice, it's already got 2 scratches. Not because of misuse, not because of poor handling, just from sliding it in and out of the box. If you want to protect this investment I suggest getting some other cases to store the discs in. Whoever designed the packaging on this set was not firing on all cylinders.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - curse HBO for killing the best show ever November 9, 2009
Format:DVD
This is simply the best television show ever created, as far as I'm concerned. I have watched Season One 7 or 8 times by now, and Seasons Two and Three close to that many times, and I am still in awe, every time. I still feel the same thrill when the theme music kicks in, and I gain new insights every time I watch it.

The dialogue is not easy to follow, but it is well worth the effort. This is a show full of grimness, violence, and oppression, but also some amazing humor, most of it hidden in a tangle of words (EB Farnum's monologues are some of the funniest ever written). As others have pointed out, the profanity is extreme. The first time I watched an episode, I was shocked by it (though not particularly offended -- to me they're only words). Beyond that, it's complex, varied and rich in vocabulary. I've seen reviews on here by people who say that the dialogue in Deadwood shows the "dumbing down" of America. It's obvious they only watched the first 15 minutes -- the language is so incredibly elaborate and well constructed that a lot of people compare it to Shakespeare.

The characters are almost as rich and complex as the dialogue. Al Swearengen has got to be one of the greatest anti-heroes ever created and he is played brilliantly by Ian McShane. (In the first episode, watch poor Tim Driscoll talk himself down from a swindler's share of $6000 to a mere $20, withering under Al Swearengen's pitiless gaze.) Swearengen goes to great lengths to supress any hint of compassion in his soul (and usually succeeds), but it leaks out around the edges sometimes, in a way that is occasionally very nearly heart-breaking (his moments with Reverend Smith, for example).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series!
This series is packed with suspense, history, and humor! The actors are excellent and can really bring into the episodes.
Published 2 days ago by bon57
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas gift
I bought this for my husband as a Christmas gift. He watched every episode and was sorry when it was over. Now, he can watch it whenever he choses. It was happily received.
Published 3 days ago by A happy Rhode Islander
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadwood fans and all the hoopleheads in the world will enjoy this...
David Milch's "Deadwood" found a strong cult audience and kudos unfortunately it wasn't enough to save the series from being axed by HBO due to cost (HBO wanted to use the... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Wayne Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars xmas gift
My hubby was pleasantly surprised, and he actually turned me onto the show. I wish it hadn't ended! It's amazing. Very happy w/ the order. Thanks!
Published 13 days ago by melissa ballou
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Western ever
I'm very angry with HBO for allowing a lame show like the Soprano's to continue on in life support, yet couldn't at least give the fans of this brilliant, excellently written and... Read more
Published 14 days ago by EE
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you not enjoy this series!
3 seasons and then it was dropped. Why is it nowadays that westerns always get the "boot"? Highly recommend if you missed the series as I did! Read more
Published 18 days ago by Liberty29
5.0 out of 5 stars All World Series
Best TV series ever.
Complex characters.
True period piece with authentic language and costume.
Only three seasons of perfect drama.
Published 18 days ago by King Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars so much can be said about this series that the praise could go on and...
I bought these 3 awesome seasons to add to my Amazon video library.I watch them over and over and I find my self catching something new that I missed. Read more
Published 20 days ago by mmaboyka
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough language (adult) but a great series
Should never be heard or seen by children. Adults themes, filthy language. Actually a great adult series. This is one of those that you never guess what is coming next . . . . Read more
Published 20 days ago by bigeye
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not your parents cornball western. This is HBOs gem
My parents westerns are corny as hell. "Bonanza" or "Have Gun Will Travel" or "Gunsmoke" have NOTHING ON Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant in a current era... Read more
Published 28 days ago by A. Bursaw
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Why was Deadwood cancelled? It was such a good show!
I guess I totally missed season 4 and 5. There were only 3 seasons of Deadwood
Feb 3, 2010 by Jeffrey Bollinger |  See all 26 posts
does box set have ending included?
No "ending" was ever made, nor will it be made. I have a love/hate relationship with the show for that reason. It's probably the best thing I've ever seen on television but it is so disappointing that there was no wrap-up to the series.
Jan 7, 2011 by ZingerKat |  See all 2 posts
How many seasons of Deadwood were there?
Marketing the DVD set as "The Complete Series" just makes me hate HBO more. They killed this wonderful series without resolving anything. Heck, the series ending show isn't even a good season ending show. After HBO ended Carnivale prematurely, I considered dropping my subscription,... Read more
Dec 9, 2008 by R. Ward |  See all 12 posts
Under $75 for the whole series
Unfortunately for me, I bought it from Amazon on Dec. 20th at $102.99 thinking THEN that was the best price I had ever seen!

75 bucks is a steal.
Dec 25, 2008 by C. Keller |  See all 10 posts
Does this set scratch the DVD's
Yes, it's that type of box set (that makes it extremely difficult for the user not to scratch the sides of the disks when removing them). The sleeves are rounded (side/bottom) and so tightly flat you cannot buckle them. When you slide a disk out it scrapes against the side(s). What I did... Read more
Jun 18, 2010 by T. Borras |  See all 3 posts
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